National Tour Kicks Off to Strengthen Mental Health
Following President Joe Biden's State of the Union Address last week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra kicked off a National Tour to Strengthen Mental Health in an effort to hear directly from Americans across the country about the behavioral health challenges they're facing and engage with local elected officials and leaders to strengthen the mental health and crisis care system in our communities.
"The pandemic has not only taken a physical toll on all of us, but also brought on greater behavioral health challenges for everyone," said Secretary Becerra.
"From small towns to big cities, I'll be traveling nationwide with members of my leadership team to meet with people who have been hit particularly hard, and partnering with local leaders to find ways to save lives in our communities. The Biden-Harris Administration will continue to deliver on our promise to build back better – and healthier."
Also remember OSMA's recent launch of OSMA CARES—the well-being checkup tool which provides a free, simple and anonymous way to evaluate your mental and emotional health.
Using the CARES tool is quick and easy, and provides a questionnaire—which takes 10 minutes to complete. Then, a licensed mental health professional will review the answers and users will receive a personalized response with recommendations for next steps. Users can choose whether they'd like to connect with the licensed mental health professional to establish a helpful relationship for further action. All participation is completely voluntary and anonymous.